Posts Tagged Thirst
“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” [NRSV]
I would like to celebrate with you as new ministry. It is one with which you are actually very familiar and one you have shared with me and wit my family these past few weeks. It is the ministry of welcoming. Another name for this ministry is hospitality.
• INCLUSION: Making folks feel at home.
• CONNECTED: Helping people know they have a place at the table.
• COMMUNICATION: Give clean directions and instructions.
• RELATIONAL: Opening the door to relationship building
All this is good stuff, but it might just be a cup of cold water. Which is a starting point and not an ending point.
We feed and clothe folks if they don’t know that we do it because
1. Jesus told us to do so
2. It is an expression of God’s work and love in both their and us.
3. We may not even like the person but we love Jesus enough to get past our bias, fears and worries to share Christ
4. We help and serve because we desire relationship with God’s people. Its not just about me and God, is an us and God work.
We can do all the good works in the world but if we leave any doubt in the minds of those we serve and reach out to these kinds of core values then we have only been witnesses of kindness and NOT necessarily God at all.
I want to share the ministry of Welcoming and Hospitality on steroids.
Is anyone here thirsty. I’d like to get you a drink of water. Anyone willing to get a cup of cold water to quench your thirst?
Volunteer… Let’s step into the kitchen. We will be right back.
Water for everyone, not just one: That’s taking things to the next level.
What if we didn’t just a a couple hundred bottles of water but a few thousand bottles of water and took one to every person in a ten mile radius today and quenched their thirst for a few minutes and while they were drinking we shared with them God’s love, God desire to lead their heart and life. God desire to share a relationship with them through the church. Now that’s radical.
What if we just enjoyed the cool water ourselves and went about our business refreshed and content.
Q: Who would make certain that no one went thirsty…for God.
We all have friendly, welcoming and neighborly figured out.
What we need to work on is the RADICAL part.
Jesus Calls us to welcome the prophet and the good person…
But to also welcome everyone else..
The cup of cool water is the starting point for a thirsty generation.
What’s God doing through RSUMC?
Well it started with a bottle of water and it ended up being a living spring for the whole community to drink.
Moses leads the people of God in the wilderness and there is grumbling about having enough. Moses strikes the rock with his staff and out comes a spring of water for ALL to drink. Go and quench the thirst work…
So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’ Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ They left the city and were on their way to him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour.’ Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’
Combating Daily Dehydration
Spiritual thirst is daily
Thirst is satisfied with eternal water
It’s not a one sip for life and your inoculated
In the habits of daily bread, needs and chores come the invitation to begin a regiment of spiritual drinking
The Woman says:
I want water I don’t have to work to receive. Not realistic. Invitation is to start drinking
The Woman Sees more than the water and work:
The leap of faith is made with Jesus reveals the truth about her life and relationships.
The Shift comes in being known and being loved.
Jesus speaks the truth and judges with love and grace, this is the transforming power of the Gospel.
The woman stops talking about her work and starts telling about Gods work in her life.